Proud and shocked On be­ing a Cannes ir­reg­u­lar

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

Last May, Cop­pola be­came the first woman to win best di­rec­tor at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in 56 years, with The Beguiled( Yu li ya So lnt se va won in 1961 for her Rus­sian WWII drama, Chron­i­cle of Flam­ing Years ). “I feel proud, of­course,” she says. “But I was shocked when some­one told me I was only the se­cond woman to win at Cannes.

“I felt proud be­cause my daugh­ters were re­ally proud and so many other women artists all could feel like they were cel­e­brat­ing with me. So it was great to be part of that. Even strangers on the street were sh out­ing con­grat­u­la­tions. There were three women in Cannes this year. I’ m sur­prised things have moved so slowly since I be­gan. I’m still try­ing to put my voice out there. But sup­port for women film mak­ers re­ally has to come from within the stu­dio sys­tem.”

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